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Evening dress and cummerbund

Evening dress and cummerbund

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    Spring 1959 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk organza

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs D.M. Haynes and Mrs M. Clark

  • Museum number:

    T.125&A-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Strapless evening dress and cummerbund of purple floral silk organza.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

Spring 1959 (made)

Artist/maker

Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk organza

Marks and inscriptions

Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris
Label, inside side bodice. Black on white machine woven.

68566
Hand-written on back of label

Object history note

Opal Holt was born in Canada in 1887 but lived in the US until the end of the Second World War. She travelled extensively between the wars and was in the first plane to land in Bali. She married Herbert Holt, a Canadian who lived a large part of his life in England, as her third husband in 1946. They came to England and Europe every summer and Opal Holt began buying clothes in Paris for her life in England, and for the Bahamas in Winter, over a period of about thirty years. She died in 1980.

Given by Mrs D.M Haynes and Mrs. Clark (nee Holt; Opal Holt's step-daughters).

Descriptive line

Strapless evening dress and cummerbund of silk organza, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1959

Production Note

Date attributed by Mme. Jouve, Balenciaga archivist

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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